When they were safely out of the city, one of the angels ordered, “Run for your lives! And don’t look back or stop anywhere in the valley! Escape to the mountains, or you will be swept away!”
Genesis 19:17 (NLT)
Recently I wrote a different blog post called Escape! on this same verse. Interesting that today God told me to write about it again.
Lot, his wife, and two daughters are being told to flee Sodom by angels of the Lord. The angels say the city is about to be destroyed. The only reason they are warning him is because Abram made an agreement with God that He would save Lot (verse 29). God stands by His promise, and makes a way for Lot to escape. However, Lot hesitates. What? Seriously? You’re going to hesistate .. when you have just been told your city is going to be destroyed, and you with it?!! Hesitate. No!
Fortunately for Lot …”When Lot still hesitated, the angels seized his hand and the hands of his wife and two daughters and rushed them to safety outside the city, for the LORD was merciful.” Wow. God is good. Lot? I dunno. And the rest of his family? If you read on… his wife looked back (against orders not to look back) and her consequence was to be turned into a pillar of salt. His daughters … they decide there are no men around for them to marry since they escaped Sodom. So they take matters in their own hands and set up for each other … so that they can have children via their father. Oh My Gosh!
We have choices every day to be obedient.. to turn back……or to do what we want. Let us choose well! Be discerning. Pray. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. (Colossians 3:17)